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Re: when i try to start the engine just clicks one time
Are all conections to battery clean and tight? try this, turn your headlights on and try to start it, if your lights go out or very dim your not getting a good conection from your battery. also maybe dead cell in battery.
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Did you also change the starter solenoid when you changed the starter? That is a possible cause.
Can you turn the engine over by hand from the crankshaft pulley to make sure the engine is not frozen or blocked? You will need a large socket to do that, but if you can't turn the engine over by hand, the starter won't be able to turn the flywheel either. The one click is probably the solenoid firing the starter piston to the flywheel but then nothing makes me think the engine is frozen in some way.
But if the starter and solenoid and battery is trying to turn a frozen flywheel, you should notice some drawdown of light intensity. Do you notice any change?
You are right. Shim it out a little until the starter turns the engine freely. It's a try it and see process. Install shims one at a time because if you shim it out too far it will strip the teeth off the gears in time. Hope this helps.
Hello nancy355: My name is Roger and I will help you. Rapping on the starter will work a time or two for the most part. However this does require two people. One to beat on the starter while the other person tries to start the engine.Make sure the battery cables are good an tight. A loose cable will cause the same problem. If the battery has 12.5 to 13.5 volts the engine should crank over. If not chances are good the starter is bad. Before you try to remove the starter. disconnect the negative cable. This would be the ground cable.If you disconnect the positive there is always a chance to trigger the air bags or short the computer. Make sure you remember where each wire goes. Should you need further help please just ask. Please rate the answer. Thank You for using Fix Ya. Roger